What is Sucralfate used for?
Sucralfate is used to treat stomach ulcers. This anti-ulcer medication forms a coating on the ulcer sites and protects the area from acids, enzymes, and bile salts. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Sucralfate?
The dosage of Sucralfate prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Sucralfate with a full glass of water.
What if you miss a dose of Sucralfate?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Sucralfate medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Sucralfate?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Sucralfate, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
What other drugs could interact with Sucralfate?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Sucralfate.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Sucralfate, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Sucralfate can interact with certain antibiotics, thyroid medications, antacids, and blood-thinning drugs.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Sucralfate?
Like other medicines, Sucralfate can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Sucralfate are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Sucralfate cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Sucralfate develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Sucralfate can cause side effects such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, insomnia, gas, dizziness, and dry mouth. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are difficulty breathing, rash, and swelling of your lips, tongue, or face. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Sucralfate.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Sucralfate?
Is it possible for me to take Sucralfate with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Sucralfate?
What are the possible drug interactions of Sucralfate?
How will Sucralfate work in my body?
How should Sucralfate be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Sucralfate drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before using Sucralfate, inform your doctor if you have kidney failure, stomach/intestinal problems, and difficulty swallowing. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or breast-feeding.